View Full Version : optimizing takes forever!
4th May 2002, 21:05
i now have a 40 gig hard drive and it takes hours to optimize (w/ norton's speed disk) is this normal? i have to leave my computer on overnight to do it
4th May 2002, 21:33
Yeah, the bigger the HDD, the longer it takes to do stuff.
Yeah it can be very annoying. Defragmenting, formatting and error checking times are all proptional to the size of the HD. Of course capacity is increasing a lot faster than speed so each time you upgrade you will notice how much longer it takes.
4th May 2002, 22:14
since i leave my computer on all the time, i've set it to optimize each of my three hard drives every 3 days, and on sunday, my computer rests. since it does it at 5 am, i never have a problem with it.
5th May 2002, 07:39
then again, if you upgrade from a 20gig 5500rpm hard drive to a 40gig 10000rpm hard drive it would be about the same time me beleives
5th May 2002, 08:31
mmmmmmm seagate cheetah
oh... I already have one of those:p
5th May 2002, 10:37
Can someone please explain what difference the speed of the HDD makes? By that I mean how many revoltions per minute it does.
What advantage does a faster spinning on have than a slower one?
Also, if im talking ahit, please tell me :D
5th May 2002, 11:16
there higher a hard drives rpm means it will be able to find stuff on the hard drive faster, faster rpm = faster seek time. that means it can find the clusters quicker and move them quicker when doing things like defraging.
But sometimes slower rpm = longer life.
5,400 rpm disks generally last longer than 7200 rpm ones.
Dosent bother me though.
5th May 2002, 18:07
i had a brand-new 7200 rpm HDD, there was a minor defect in the inside of the casing that caused extra friction. the HDD overheated, melted the plastic covering, and seized within 2 min. of startup. at the same time, the cooling fan on the cpu had a bearing seize, and the cpu overheated about 10 sec faster than the HDD. took almost a week to figure out what the hell went wrong
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